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Troubles

Troubles

by J.G. Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $16.95)

D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day June 6, 1944

by Stephen Ambrose

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 655 PAGES

Ambrose's riveting popular account of the climactic battle of WWII. (FRN40, $19.99)

Normandy Map 513

Normandy Map 513

by Michelin

  • MAP

A colorful, detailed map of Normandy at a scale of 1:200,000, featuring Rouen, Le Havre and the route of the Seine from west of Paris to the Atlantic. (FRN49, $11.95)

Great Britain and Ireland Map

Great Britain and Ireland Map

by HEMA Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000. (GBR31, $11.95)

 
A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy

A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy


by Carl Shilleto | Mike Tolhurst

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries. (FRN330, $14.95)

Eyewitness Guide Scotland

Eyewitness Guide Scotland


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions. (SCT40, $25.00)

Michelin Green Guide Normandy

Michelin Green Guide Normandy


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A thorough introduction to Normandy and the Channel Islands in the classic Michelin style, featuring brief descriptions of all the major attractions. (FRN89, $21.99)

The Scotland Visitor Guide, The Ultimate Guide to Scotland's Attractions

The Scotland Visitor Guide, The Ultimate Guide to Scotland's Attractions


by Colin Baxter Photography

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This beautifully illustrated guide covers Scotland's best, from castles and ancient monuments to gardens and wildlife parks. (SCT135, $21.95)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

A History of Wales

A History of Wales


by John Davies

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

A comprehensive, leisurely history of Wales from the earliest times to the late 1980s, rendered in a graceful translation from the original Welsh. (GBR730, $36.00)

Celtic Prayers from Iona

Celtic Prayers from Iona


by J. Philip Newell

  • RELIGION
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the artform, they developed this handsome book of prayers. (SCT21, $14.95)

How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization


by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce the important texts that spread as they evangelized Europe. (IRE07, $15.95)

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations


by Hugh Kearney

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish. (GBR88, $24.95)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

In Search of Ancient Ireland

In Search of Ancient Ireland


by PBS Home Video

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2013
  • DVD

A thorough and accurate examination of Ireland's history from the Stone Age through the Norman invasion in 1170. (IRE330, $19.99)

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells


by Bernard Meehan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts. (IRE09, $19.95)

Chasing Churchill, The Travels of Winston Churchill

Chasing Churchill, The Travels of Winston Churchill


by Celia Sandys

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

The granddaughter of the great leader recounts Churchill's exploits as a young army officer as well as his diplomatic travels before, during and after World War II. (GBR711, $15.00)

Coasting, A Private Voyage

Coasting, A Private Voyage


by Jonathan Raban

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Raban's eloquent, anecdotal account of a solo circumnavigation of the British Isles in a 30-foot ketch, his first experience in a boat. It's an engaging account of the experience of the sea and the people and places he encounters. (GBR591, $13.00)

Crusade in Europe

Crusade in Europe


by Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

The complete story of World War II as strategized and lived by five-star General Eisenhower. (WAR132, $35.00)

Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969

Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969


by David Eisenhower

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 323 PAGES

The revered general's only grandson penned this intimate memoir about his grandfather's last days, spent leading his political party while imparting a wealth of knowledge and experience to his grandson. (USA564, $17.00)

Kingdom by the Sea

Kingdom by the Sea


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale. (GBR09, $15.95)

Life of St. Columba

Life of St. Columba


by Adomnan of Iona | Richard Sharpe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

An early account of the life of St. Columba (521-97), the 6th-century abbot who established the monastery on Iona. Written by Adomnan of Iona at the turn of the 8th century, it introduces the profoundly spiritual man as well as his famous abbey. (IRE103, $18.00)

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles


by Adam Nicolson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea. (GBR561, $13.95)

The Crofter and the Laird

The Crofter and the Laird


by John McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

McPhee packs up his family and returns for a year to his ancestral land on the Isle of Colonsay in this lyrical, appreciative portrait of place and traditional ways of life in the Hebrides. (SCT23, $16.00)

The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales


by Lewis Thorpe | Gerald of Wales

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

A valuable historical account of the Medieval Welsh by Gerald of Wales, who traveled through the countryside in the company of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1188. (GBR312, $17.00)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

For the Love of Ireland

For the Love of Ireland


by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett. (IRE77, $15.95)

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney


by Hermann Palssom | Paul Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. (VIK07, $16.00)

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga


by Edward Rutherfurd

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES

Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland's 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy and glory in this sweeping follow-up to The Princes of Ireland. (IRE253, $16.95)

To the Lighthouse


by Virginia Woolf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 209 PAGES

Woolf's modernist classic, in which the Ramsay family goes on holiday in the Hebrides, is drawn from memories of childhood trips to Cornwall. (SCT41, $13.95)

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